March 15th, 2017
555-Hour Massage Certificate: Western Focus
Most massage therapy practiced in the United States is based in Swedish or western massage. Practitioners of western massage usually use a lubricant to work directly on the client’s skin, utilizing various strokes to manipulate soft tissues. This treatment engages the muscular, cardiovascular and nervous systems to reduce pain and tissue tightness, enhance circulation and promote general relaxation.
Western Massage Focus students take 180 hours of hands-on classes concentrated on learning Swedish massage techniques. This is the basic field of study covered in the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists practical examination. Another 210 hours of training is devoted to health sciences. The remainder of classes encompass practice development skills and 70 hours of electives.
The program has been approved by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists and the Washington Department of Health Board of Massage. OSM is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork for training certification and as a continuing education provider.
555-Hour Shared Core CurriculumShared Core classes are those that are taken by students pursuing either the Western or Eastern Focus program.
|Anatomy & Physiology I||30|
|Anatomy & Physiology II||30|
|Anatomy & Physiology III||30|
|Kinesiology Upper Body||30|
|Kinesiology Lower Body||30|
|Massage Upper Body||30|
|Massage Lower Body||30|
|Communication and Ethics||30|
|Business of Massage||15|
Western Focus CurriculumThe courses below are unique to the Western Focus program.
|Massage Assessment & App.||30|
For course descriptions of required classes, click here.